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Genealogist Anthony Adolph Talks About Family Tree Research and DNA

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist on March 11th, 2011
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Genealogist Anthony Adolph

Genealogist Anthony Adolph

Now here is a very special interview for you from my trip to the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE show at the end of February.

I was on my way to The Society of Genealogists stand, where I was volunteering on the second hand book stall as a way of giving something back to the SoG, when I spotted the well respected genealogist and author Anthony Adolph. He was taking questions from show-goers on the stand of the “Your Family Tree Magazine”, a publication for which he writes articles on surname research.

As a shareholder in an independent bookshop I am also aware of Anthony Adolph as an author of several books, including Full of Soup and Gold: The life of Henry Jermyn and many titles on family history.

He was gracious enough to give me a wonderful interview that began by reassuring me and my blog readers/ YouTube Channel viewers, that “we have all reached points in our family trees where we are stuck.”  He revealed that he has been tracing his own family tree for getting on for thirty years now.  “First of all as a complete and utter amateur, as a schoolboy, ” Mr Adolph said, “and then later on I became a professional.”

Giving some hope, to all those of us who find we are facing a brick wall, he charmingly admits that, just like everyone else, at the beginning of each of his family lines he is completely stuck.

The interview then goes on to touch on the four techniques for getting further back:

  1. Oral History
  2. Paper based
  3. Surnames
  4. DNA.

Anthony Adolph then reveals that he has become quite passionate about the latter and how DNA in genealogy enabled him to discover that the “cap” to his family tree was unusual. It seems that the Haplogroup, from which he descends from the genetic Adam and Eve, is G and so from Armenia, Georgia and Turkey. This is in contrast to the fact that most men in Europe are from group R.

Watch the full interview here.


3 Comments
  1. Interesting interview – makes you wanna go for that DNA test! Hope you don’t mind, but I’ve linked to your post from http://www.bi-gen.blogspot.com

  2. Anthony Adolph was great to interview as he is obviously very passionate about this subject.

    I didn’t know much about DNA until that day and I do think I must research it a bit more myself now.

    Don’t mind you linking from your blog to mine at all Mick. The more people who see and hear Anthony’s piece and get enthusiastic about family history the better!

  3. Good interview, Nick. Thanks.

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